Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean sunscreen is going anywhere.
Sunscreen is one of those things that people load up on during the summer and fail to stay consistent throughout the year. The common thought of it’s not that sunny so I’m fine is oh so wrong though. We’ve all heard it a million times but sunscreen needs to be worn everyday and even on the days it’s overcast.
There are a lot of things I’m strict about when it comes to products, but sunscreen makes my top five. And why is that? Because majority of the sunscreens you’ll see at Target or at the drugstore are labeled for “babies or kids” often have carcinogens or hormone disruptors. I know, gross.
Tradtional sunscreens or common brands we all grew up with have crap like oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, or octisalate. Click here to read more about those toxic ingredients. Even worse, aerosol sunscreens are just as bad because you end up inhaling particles and even though you think it’s convenient, most people don’t use it the right way. Plus, aerosol sunscreens don’t coat your skin with enough sunscreen as one might think. Sorry to burst your bubble.
You’ve probably heard the term chemical or mineral (sometimes referred to as physical) sunscreens?
Chemical sunscreens are just that, chemicals. You lather it on and wait for your body to absorb chemicals to help shield UV rays. You know, “wait 15 minutes until sun exposure” rule- that’s a chemical sunscreen right there. Your body needs time to soak that stuff up so it can act as a barrier against the sun. While mineral sunscreens work immediately. You squeeze that stuff out of the tube and voila, you’re in business baby.
Personally, I’m a fan of mineral sunscreens because they don’t require the old “wait 15 minutes until sun exposure” rule like chemical sunscreens do. Personally, I’m simple when it comes to sunscreen. I like zinc oxide. Reminds me of when I was a kid and my my mom would swipe zinc across my nose and cheeks. #truestory. And because I prefer zinc I always stick to mineral sunscreens.
One thing worth mentioning about mineral sunscreens is that sometimes they can feel a little chalky or thick.
And that’s because the active ingredient is zinc oxide. It’s just the price you pay for wanting to live a better life. Get over it. HOWEVER, because this blog is targeted at providing you with sunscreens for the whole family, my favorites aren’t too difficult to rub in. They’re definitely not like Neutrogena or Aveeno (because those are chemical sunscreens and blend in quite nicely), but they’re easier to rub in some of the other mineral sunscreens that literally leave a white hue to your body.
Our Favorite Sunscreens
- All Good Sunscreen Sport Sunscreen Lotion – My husband uses this when he golfs and LOVES it. Totally safe for kiddos too.
- Bare Republic Mineral Mousse – The mouse makes for such an easy application and I do love this brand. Their tinted sunscreen is fabulous for days you don’t want to wear makeup and they have colored sunscreen sticks too.
- Babyganics Sunscreen Spray – This spray is easy to rub in and feels super light.
- Goddess Garden Baby Mineral Sunscreen – This is probably one of the thicker sunscreens but still does a great job at protecting you when you’re outside.
- Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion – I’ve loved this brand for a very long time. They have amazing products and I love all of their mineral sunscreen products. It’s a little pricey but worth it.
All of these sunscreens I’ve personally used and recommend.
We keep sunscreen all over the house, in the bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, in our diaper bag and in our car. My husband and I have always been diligent when it comes to sun care so this is something we’ve always invested in. Because sun damage is too real and sunburns are 100% unavoidable.
Some people might say, “sunscreen is sunscreen. As long as I’m wearing it, that should be enough.” I suppose that attitude might work for some, but that just doesn’t cut it for me. If you take one thing away from this blog, just read the ingredients in your sunscreen. Treat sunscreen like you would your food because you should know what you’re putting on your body.